Because of the decline in gasoline consumption, the Washington biofuels mandate has pushed refiners and blenders to the "blend wall" - they can't add more without exceeding the 10 percent level. They want to see the law changed or taken off the books.
Biofuels advocates argue that the law should require a 15 percent alcohol blend, but that would be potentially harmful to millions of vehicles.
Even motor vehicle manufacturers say their warranties won't cover damage caused by a higher alcohol blend (unless the vehicles are specifically designed for it, such as for E-85).
The addition of alcohol to gasoline hasn't done much for the global warming and air pollution issues, either.
The increased fuel and fertilizer consumption required for greater corn production offsets at least a portion of any gain.
Keep in mind that the nation's air is already at its cleanest in decades. And emissions of greenhouse gases are at their lowest in 20 years.
When Congress takes up the RFS issue, it will be hearing arguments, pro and con, from all the players.
But the most important player in the mix is the American consumer, already beaten down by five years of economic recession with its impacts on employment and family budgets.
We are the de facto "chosen losers."
There is a place in our economy for biofuels, but it ought to be earned. They need to demonstrate value and economy without government propping up by mandate or favorable - some say discriminatory- tax policies.
The RFS has badly distorted the nation's food and fuel sectors and driven up consumer costs.
In a booming economy, many people might be willing to overlook such effects.
But with economists projecting that it will take years for the economy to recover adequately, now would be the time to eliminate one economic pressure point by using clean burning, American abundant natural gas and natural gas liquids.
Natural gas can be converted to liquids, i.e. liquefied natural gas, converted to diesel, compressed natural gas and even use the natural gas derivative propane to power vehicles and other engines that currently operate on gasoline.
DeMarco is executive director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association.